Hello Dear Reader,
I’ve been knitting by the fire and as Foster Mummy said to me yesterday, ‘You’re more of a quilter than a knitter.’. Quilting is an utter joy. Cutting fabric, finding bargains and using up what I have. Watching ‘how to quilt’ on You Tube tutorials. I’m getting better. I’m about to make my fourth quilt. I reckon, when I get to my forty fourth, I might be OK. For now? I’m forgiving myself that I’m still learning.
My first quilts were made of charm squares and I cut every single one. So was the second, but the squares were square!!!! My third was made of bought jelly rolls and cost me a fortune but kept me amused for best part of a year as I picked it up and put it down when I was in the mood. I have now taken over my daughter’s bedroom as a quilting/sewing room and have emptied a cupboard so I can store everything away if and when she comes to stay. It’s also my ironing room as I have beautiful views from the window and I listen to the radio whilst I smooth away.
I’ve been ironing and slicing away all afternoon. I often wonder what I’d do with life if I didn’t spend hours making things, I’d get so bored. In the summer, I’m in the garden. I’m always in the kitchen. I sew and knit and can’t imagine life with out a project. My next quilt can take as long as it likes. I’m looking forward to patterns and being quite random.
I have a whole selection of bought material, mainly ‘fat quarter’ bundles that I’ve bought stupidly cheaply off ebay in the past and stored until I’ve needed it. Also, re-purposed clothes that I’ve bought for 20p an item from jumble sales, such as gent’s shirts and ladies dresses and skirts. You can get almost a metre of material out of a shirt and about the same from a cotton skirt.
The colour theme is blues with pinks and reds in it. I’m hoping to haves ‘sashes’ of colour around the edges. I’m feeling quite adventurous and ambitious. I won’t be buying any material but using up what I have and, luckily I have lots now. I usually make too many ‘squares’ and end up with two quilts. Most of all, I love the calming effect of being quiet, alone and creative. Just me, scissors, or sewing machine, a cup of tea and the radio.
Spring will come and there will be so much to do outside, my bike will come out of the garage, I’ll get my hiking boots on and get out more. In the meantime, I’m happy to recycle old material and make something new with it.
What calms you? How do you while away your time?
Until tomorrow (and back to the knitting)